Data Sources

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This database provides descriptions of a large variety of satellite imagery, elevation models, land use and land cover maps as well as near real-time data products for different hazard types. You can search the database by data type or hazard as well as by other relevant factors including costs, temporal or spatial coverage, satellite or file types.

When you select a specific country under "spatial coverage", please note that the system will retrieve datasets that are exclusively carrying information for that specific country (and no other country). This means that global datasets, which include information for a particular country of interest as well as for other countries, will not be displayed. As a result, it is recommended to start with a global search.

The results of each search are connected to other items on the UN-SPIDER Knowledge Portal, such as the database of GIS and remote sensing software and the descriptions of natural hazards.

Screenshot of ASTER
Type: satellite data or aerial image
Costs: free
Hazard: Drought, Severe Storm, Extreme Temperature
Format: export data, export map, statistical data (e.g. graphs)
Publisher: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Screenshot of Edit Daily rainfall estimates (NOAA-CPC)
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Drought, Flood, Severe Storm
Format: export data
Publisher: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Harmful Algal Bloom
Format: visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Type: baseline data
Costs: free
Format: export map, statistical data (e.g. graphs), visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Screenshot of MODIS
Type: satellite data or aerial image
Costs: free
Hazard: Extreme Temperature
Format: export data
Publisher: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Type: land use, land cover data
Costs: free
Format: export data
Publisher: European Space Agency (ESA)
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Forest Fire
Format: export data, export map, visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Type: baseline data, hazard specific data, land use, land cover data
Costs: free
Hazard: Drought
Format: export data, visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Screenshot of ADIOS
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Pollution
Format: export data
Publisher: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Type: baseline data
Costs: free
Format: visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Screenshot of the Global Aerosol Climatology Project website.
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Volcanic Eruption, Pollution
Format: export data
Publisher: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Costs: free
Hazard: Pollution, Volcanic Eruption
Format: export data, export map, statistical data (e.g. graphs), visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: World Data Center for Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere (WDC-RSAT)
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Drought, Flood, Forest Fire, Mass Movement
Format: export data, visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Type: hazard specific data, land use, land cover data
Costs: free with restrictions
Hazard: Insect Infestation, Epidemic, Climatological
Format: export data, export map
Type: baseline data, land use, land cover data
Costs: free
Format: export data, export map
Publisher: Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) - Columbia University
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Drought, Flood
Format: export map, statistical data (e.g. graphs)
Publisher: Princeton University
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Forest Fire, Drought, Flood
Format: statistical data (e.g. graphs), visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Screenshot of Agrometeorological Data in SPIRITS format (JRC-IES)
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Drought, Flood, Extreme Temperature
Format: export data
Publisher: Joint Research Centre (JRC)
Type: elevation, satellite data or aerial image
Costs: paid
Hazard: Drought, Harmful Algal Bloom, Earthquake, Epidemic, Extreme Temperature, Flood, Forest Fire, Insect Infestation, Mass Movement, Pollution, Severe Storm, Tsunami, Volcanic Eruption
Format: export data
Publisher: Airbus Defence & Space
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Drought, Flood, Severe Storm
Format: export data, export map, visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

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